by Jo Nesbø

Headhunters introduces the charming villain Roger Brown, a man who seems to have it all: he is Norway’s most successful headhunter, married to the beautiful gallery owner Diana, owns a magnificent house, and is living larger than he should. Meanwhile, he is playing at the dangerous game of art theft. At a gallery opening, his wife introduces him to the Dutchman Clas Greve. Not only is Greve the perfect candidate for the CEO position of the GPS company Pathfinder for which Brown is recruiting – he is also in possession of ”The Calydonian Boar Hunt” by Peter Paul Rubens, one of the most sought-after paintings in modern art history. Roger sees his chance to become financially independent, and starts planning his biggest hit ever. However, he soon runs into trouble – and this time around it’s not financial problems that are threatening to knock him over…

The winding, explosive plot takes us from society’s financial and industrial elite to an underworld of contract killers and swindlers, offering Nesbo’s variations on the most spectacular murders, car chases and escapes that the genre has to offer on the way.

When Headhunters was published in 2008, Jo Nesbø established the Harry Hole Foundation – a charity to reduce illiteracy among children in the third world. All proceeds from Headhunters, in all editions and formats including the movie adaptation, go directly to the Harry Hole Foundation.

Yellow Bird Productions (the company behind the adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium and Henning Mankell’s Wallander) produced the Scandinavian movie adaptation of Headhunters. The film opened in Oslo in August 2011, and the distribution rights are sold to more than 30 countries, with an American remake in the works.
In March 2013 Headhunters was awarded 'Best Thriller' at Empire Awards.

Headhunters was awarded the 2008 Norwegian Book Club Prize for 'Best Novel of the Year'.

"Hilarious and creepy, too! Couldn't put it down."
–Stephen King 

Click here for a video interview in English with Jo Nesbø about Headhunters. 
Click here to watch a book trailer on Headhunters made by Jo Nesbø's Swedish publisher Piratförlaget.
Click here to watch a book trailer on Headhunters made by Jo Nesbø's German publisher Ullstein.
Click here to watch a book trailer on Headhunters made by Jo Nesbø's Norwegian publisher Aschehoug.



"Headhunters is a breathtaking thriller with fraud and murder in international settings, and Jo Nesbø can both maintain the suspense and store some cunning surprises."
Metro XPress (Denmark)

"Superior, ingenious, and even credible. /…/ Hats off for the Norwegian rogue who obviously knows his stuff. From heavy crime novels to a playful appropriation of the genre."
Weekendavisen (Denmark)

"Headhunters is simply a remarkably captivating page-turner, like a bowl of cheez doodles that one can’t help but devour all at once. Such pacey and surprising writing is an art form. The plot is ingenious… In addition, Nesbø is a master at blending terror, gravity and humor."
Aftonbladet (Sweden)

"An exuberant, sparkling story with epic equilibristic qualities."
Tara (Sweden)

"Outdoes most in the Nordic crime wave."
Dagens Industri (Sweden)

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